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Fukawi Legend
(or why we get lost so often)

The Mission de la Quintera (aka Mesa Grande Mission) was abandoned in 1914, two years after the advent of WWI. It continued to operate as a monastery for wayward Native Americans in the region. The 'Mission' was actually built by Chinese workers hired to toil in the Himalaya or Tourmaline mines as they were more commonly referred to for a time. At one point the allies of WWI actually attempted to create a new high speed bullet using the Tourmaline gemstone but efforts failed. The gems cracked when using only 125 grain gun powder. The cemetery on the Mission grounds is rumored to contain millions of dollars in Ming dynasty vases buried in the cemetery area. Those who've studied the notion now believe the 'wealth' of the area is really in it's beauty. Research on this issue, however, resulted in a number of interesting factoids regarding the inhabitants of Mission de la Quintera [post] WWI.

The remaining cloistered monks that continued operating the mission failed at attempts to create substantial income by both wine making and apple pie baking. Archived information revealed that they actually invented an operable methanol powered single cylinder engine using waste from apple peels! Unable to create the needed horsepower for a larger land vehicle, they adapted their engine to a two wheeled mocyc' (loosely translated) which the Chinese had brought over with them as a recreational toy while taking time off from working the mines. The engine proved successful. In fact, BMW is said to be using the basics of this invention for the BMW1200RS.

The monks abandoned any further attempts to create additional mocyc's using their apple peel powered methanol engine and, it's believed, abandoned the mission about this time. Records reveal the Monks became disenchanted with their mocyc' invention when they attempted to create operable front suspension. The vexing, and apparently unsolvable problem was a method wherein the mocyc' could be turned upside down to drain the front forks of oil.

The Mission site is also the ancestral land of the Modoc Indians, closely related to the more familiar Fukawi tribe known to still frequent San Diego area Indian gaming casino's. While the Missionaries were still attempting to develop their mocyc' a group of Fukawi's stole into the Mission de la Quintera and stole the Mocyc' plans. However, it was a moonless Julian night and what they actually fled with were useless scribblings on a dinner napkin. Unbeknownst to the Fukawi's was that these scribblings would turn out to be advanced plans for a downdraft carburetor, later perfected by Mikuni. The dream of an operating mocyc, however, would not die and eventually the Modoc Indians, working closely with the Fukawi's, developed a cheap imitation with propulsion provided, not by fermented apple peels but by squirrels. The machine was known as the Modoc. Yes, it's true.

Modern researchers, perusing the shelves of the Julian library have found much valuable information in the book "Modoc, The History of ' [Steinweg/Calibre Press, c. 1924, 2nd ed. Vol.3 c.1998]". This book makes reference to a small white male child taken prisoner by the Fukawi's. The child found himself privy to cooperative tribal discussions over a bowl of Peyote concerning development of a squirrel cage for use as a power source for the Modoc. The plan was to harness the squirrels energy and transfer it to the rear wheel via a belt made of imported rubber from India. They never developed the plan but the white child eventually grew to manhood, married and now researchers have discovered he was the grandfather of one of the co-founders of Harley-Davidson! Now you know where the idea for a belt driven motorcycle really came from. The afore mentioned Peyote ceremony continues to this day among San Diego Wanderers but the modern form involves a ride to Packards coffee shop in Ramona for a caffeine jolt on a ceremonial day of the week. But we digress.

The point is, the Wanderers are all, in one way or another, riders of modern versions of the Mocyc' turned Modoc, and are related, as our rides often suggest, to the Modoc tribe, relatives of the Fukawi who first developed the theory of travel in endless circles rarely seeming to know precisely where they were. Modern day descendants are oft heard to exclaim.......

Where The Fukawi??!!!

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